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Jul 17, 2012 7:49 PM

Raising Kids: Healthy snacks for picky eaters

TUCSON - Getting kids to make wise food choices can sometimes be a challenge. It almost seems like they're "pre-wired" to reach for junk food or a sugary snack. In today's "Raising Kids" segment, two experts stopped by to show some snacks that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Mari Andrade, program coordinator for Child and Family Resources, and Leanne Barry, Health and Nutrition Educator for the United Way shared their healthy snack ideas for kids.

Below you can find the recipes for the snacks they presented on News 4 Tucson at 4 p.m.:

Melon coolers
Ingredients:
4 cups seeded watermelon
4 ice cubes
1 table spoon lime juice

Directions:
Place 2 cups of the watermelon and the ice cubes in a blender and pulse until a chunky mixture forms. Add the remaining 2 cups of watermelon, lime juice, and sugar. Blend until frothy.

Nutrition Facts:
Servings: 3-4, one cup servings; Calories per serving, 13; Carbohydrates,3.4g ; Protein, 0.25g; Total fat, 0g; Saturated fat, 0g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol, 0mg; Fiber, 0.2g; Sodium, 1.6mg; Calcium, 3.6mg; Iron, 0.11mg; percent calories from fat, less than 5%, no added sugar.
Source: Cooking with Kids Curriculum

Yogurt pops

Ingredients:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries or pitted cherries
4 (5-ounce) paper cups
Aluminum foil
4 Popsicle sticks

Directions:
In a large bowl mix low fat yogurt and the fruit of your choice together. Fill ice-pop molds or cups with yogurt mixture. Cover cups with aluminum foil and insert Popsicle stick. Then freeze overnight.

Nutrition:
Servings 4, 5 oz servings; calories per serving, 59; Carbohydrates, 2.4g; Protein, 3.5g; Total fat, 1.1g; Saturated fat, 0.25g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol,3.7mg ; Fiber, 0.9g; Sodium, 43mg; Calcium, 114.3mg; Iron, 0.15mg; percent calories from fat, 16%.


Quick Kabobs
Ingredients
1 oz. Roasted Deli Turkey
1 oz. Dried Apricots
1 oz. Cheddar Cheese Low-fat
4 Grapes

Directions:
Push on the ingredient onto a Kabob skewer. Be creative; make different patterns using the ingredients. Have older children help with this recipe.

*Warning, be careful this recipe when serving to young children. Kabob skewers are pointy at one end and can cause injury if not used properly. When serving to small children take ingredients off skewer and place the skewer out of reach.

Nutrition Facts:
Servings: 1; calories, 110; Carbohydrates, 13.1g; Protein, 9.8g; Total fat, 2.3 g; Saturated fat, 1.3g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol, 12mg; Fiber, 3.2g; Sodium, 319mg; Calcium, 127mg; Iron, 0.9mg; Percent calories from fat, 17%.

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/quick_kebabs.html


Crunchy Snack Mix

Ingredients
1 cup toasted oat cereal
2 cups whole grain dry cereal
1 cup pretzel sticks
½ cup peanuts
½ cup raisins

Directions
First, put all of the food in the bowl. Wash your hands, and then mix it up with your hands. Put 2 handfuls of your trail mix in a zip-top bag. Keep putting trail mix in bags until the bowl is empty.

Makes 10 servings, about ½ cup each

Nutrition Information: Per Serving
calories, 221; carbohydrate, 38gm; protein, 5.8gm; total fat, 6gm; saturated fat, 0.8gm; trans fat, 0gm; cholesterol, 0mg; fiber, 3.3gm; total sugars, 8.4gm; sodium, 566mg; calcium, 35mg; folate, 90.6mcg; iron, 5.3mg; percent calories from fat, 24%


Source: Arizona Nutrition Network official site: www.eatwellbewelll.org
For Additional Recipes and Nutrition information please visit the following link:

www.eatwellbewell.org
www.healthypima.org
http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/lifecycle-nutrition/child-nutrition-and-health

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